A really vibrant, cosmopolitan place…best seen at night but great during the day for shopping or strolling about!
Take a stroll around Dalt Vila (the old walled town) and explore the narrow cobbled streets and little shops that sell clothes, handbags, jewellery., art and more Climb up to the Cathedral and take in the fabulous views over the port or stop for lunch under a shady canopy of leaves.
At night dine in one of the fabulous restaurants in the cobbled square accessed by the drawbridge. El Olivo and La Toretta are personal favourites but there's many to choose from.
Down in the main town at the port; at midnight, get yourself a seat at the Mar y Sol café bar that's on the corner as you turn into the port area. This is the time the club parades assemble…and they all start off from this bar.
Take a stroll around the craft stalls at the port area, gaze at the expensive boats (in July and August there are often celebs like George Michael, Georgio Armani and Tommy Hilfiger in the port) or shop in the Sa Penya area (the old Fisherman's quarter where the little houses in the narrow streets are now mainly bars and shops). Ibiza Town is a great place to explore.
Our Tip? DO BE CAREFUL; many of the bars that line the first street fronting the port area after the craft stalls are very expensive.
HOW TO GET THERE?
By bus: the bus stop in the village is opposite the church. Look for the P sign. Catch the Number 8. It leaves San Antonio on the hour and generally get to the village 15 minutes later. They run hourly from 7am to 8pm summer.Coming back the times are 7.45am - 8.45pm and you catch the bus where you have been dropped off. Look for the No.8.
When you arrive at the other end (in biza Town) turnaround and walk back up the road the bus has dropped you off on. You will pass some fountains, but keep going until your see Kentucky Fried Chicken on your right. Now you can either go right, past KFC and this will take you to the centre of the town called Var Del Rey. It has a large temperature gauge at one end. Walk to the other end and to the left you get to the port area, and to the right you walk towards the walls of D'alt Vila. You can walk up the steps here or go left before the steps and walk until your see the drawbridge (to the right of the open air market)
By Car: drive right out of the village and keep going, over roundabouts, until you reach McDonalds. Go around the roundabout coming off at 11 o clock (on to a dual carriageway). Drive along this until you get to the 2nd roundabout and go right. You will see a SPAR shop (right) and car park. Carry on until you can turn left (3rd road), then turn left again. This takes you to the very large car park in Ibiza Town. Find the pay station and walk to the right to exit. Walk left and you will find your self on the port area.
PLACES TO EAT:
The Vara del Rey is the wide main street by which everyone navigates. It is the one with the statues and pedestrian walkway in the centre and the large clock/temp gauge at one end. THE place to sit is the Montesol cafe at the top end a couple of doors from the Accesorize shop (opposite end to the clock/temp). It is favoured by locals and prices are good. If you manage to get a seat outside it is one of the best 'people watching' spots! Those with kids might like the Hard Rock Cafe which is on the opposite side of the road.
You can also find reasonable places to drink and eat in the Plaza Del Parque (Park Square) which is just off the Vara Del Rey street – to the right as you face seaward (or look across from the Montesol to the side street leading to it). Our favourites there are Hostel del Parque and Cafe Central.
Also on the Vara del Rey we'd recommend La Cava - great for tapas, breakfasts, main meals and of course a glass or two of chilled cava. Or try the pinxos (slices of bread with a delicacy placed on top...you'll see them under the glass cases on the bar). If you fancy trying tapas then walk to the top of the Vara del Rey and eat in Sa Brisa; either inside or outside at the back. They have tapas to die for!! and perfectly presented. Try the croquettes...it is a definte photo opportunity!!
We'd recommend heading up to the cobbled square in dalt vila (the walled town). Walk over the drawbridge and through the arched entrance and you step back in time. The square is surrounded by shops and restaurants and there are two bars should you just prefer to have a drink and soak up the atmosphere. If you decide to eat there, there's lots of restaurants to choose from but our favourite is La Torreta. To be sure of a table book beforehand, especially in July and August: telephone 971 300411. Prices are reasonable and quality and service excellent.
p.s. If you find the Hard Rock cafe...walk past it, keeping it on your right, along the street going towards the old stone walls. You will see that there are steps up to the road running alongside the walls...walk up this and you will find yourself in D'alt Vila (the old town) and you can walk down to the square mentioned above.